Two top South Sudanese rebel army chiefs abandoned SPLA-IO ranks and surrendered to Uganda security forces in Lamwo District, northern Uganda.
The two identified as Maj Gen Benjamin Luboi and another army officer only identified as Brig Taban reportedly surrendered themselves to Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers in Padibe Sub-county, Lamwo District after fleeing from Imatong State in South Sudan.
According to UPDF security officials, Maj Gen Luboi was the SPLA-IO commander in charge of Pajok sector, in Pajok County, Imatong State. This the area where government forces recently launched offensives against various militias and rebels causing violence.
SPLA-IO rebel group is led by former South Sudan vice president Riek Machar. SPLA-IO split from Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 2013 following clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his then deputy Dr Riek Machar.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, confirmed that Maj Gen Luboi surrendered together with three of his bodyguards and all wore civilian clothes and had no guns.